Delegated Legislation

I had the opportunity this week to serve on a Delegated Legislation Committee. Whilst most people appreciate that Parliament considers Bills which if passed become Acts of Parliament and form part of the statute law of the Country I suspect relatively few are aware of the laws that are introduced by way of Delegated Legislation. This is where new laws are introduced under the provisions of an existing Act of Parliament. The First Delegated Legislation Committee met on Monday to discuss the Alcoholic Liquor Duties (Definition of Cider) Order 2010. The effect of this is to ensure that in order to benefit from the lower rate of duties applicable to ciders the final produce must contain at least 35% fruit juice. The effect of this measure is to deal with the prevalence of very high strength ciders that are on the market that have a very high alcohol content but bear little resemblance to traditional cider. These types of alcoholic beverages often play a large part in the incidence of anti-social behaviour.